Behold the power of the Internet. After it was announced the Radio City Rockettes were being forced to perform, against their will, for Donald Trump during his presidential inauguration a backlash forced management to rescind their orders of a mandatory performance.
Trump has been, humorously, struggling to find anybody worth watching who would be willing to be associated with his presidency. The list of A-list performers who have told him they, under no circumstances, will not celebrate his electoral fraud is a mile long. However, the Madison Square Garden Company that manages the Radio City Rockettes offered the services of the dancing troupe.
The trouble began after an email began circulating from the dancer’s union which said, “You are obligated” to perform. The email further stated, “Doing the best performance to reflect an American institution which has been here for over 90 years is your job. I hope this pulls into focus the bottom line on this work.”
Outrage on the part of the dancers ignited the backlash. A Radio City Rockettes dancer, Phoebe Pearl, expressed her disdain in an Instagram post for Trump and the humiliation she felt for being forced to choose between her livelihood or performing for the despicable president-elect. Pearl wrote:
I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed. The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts #notmypresident
Pearl, while predicating her statement on speaking only for herself, likely echoed the sentiments of many of her fellow dancers. What female performer could, in good conscience, perform for a man who is essentially an admitted and unconvicted sexual predator who brags about grabbing women “by the pus*y”?
Following the outrage the Madison Square Garden Company gave a statement through Mikyl Cordvoa which said:
For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural. It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available.
Beyond that statement no further explanation was offered. The amount of Radio City Rockettes who actually sign up to perform on inauguration day will tell the true tale of the tape. Let’s hope Trump is humiliated before the nation and is left holding an empty sack, which is exactly what he deserves for his years of villainy.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.